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There’s a class for everyone.

Long-time writer or just getting started? Writing an epic poem or a short story? Whoever you are and wherever your passions lie—if you want to write, there’s a Hugo House class for you. Explore our catalog and find yours.

When we say we want our classes to be for everyone, we mean it.

Fiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Short Story

Writing about Disgust

Instructor: Olivia Cheng. In this generative seminar, we will discuss "unlikeable" protagonists, look at how readers are kept on the page despite or because of disgust, and write our own pieces exploring horror, dread, and disgust.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 25, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Descriptive Writing: An Introduction

Instructor: Jaye Viner.  In this class, students will study and discuss different approaches to descriptive language through craft lectures and generative writing prompts.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading

Devils Unmasked: Monsters in Horror Fiction

Instructor: Jasmine Griffin. In this class, participants will discuss four subgenres of horror and analyze four short horror fiction pieces, learning how to apply techniques from the texts to their own work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Exploring Non-Human Perspectives

Instructor: Meghan Lamb. This class will include readings, exercises, and conversations to explore how non-human perspectives can help us access the most essential elements of our humanity.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Get Unstuck Fiction Bootcamp

Instructor: Tina Tocco. For adult, middle grade, or YA fiction writers,  this generative fiction workshop will use images, lists, sounds, brainstorming, and other prompts to help get your mind whirling and fingers flying.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Submitting Short Work: Toward a Book Deal

Instructor: Alle Hall. Learn about the evolving publishing industry—money, queries, agents, and more—and generate fiction using writing exercises, peer and teacher feedback, and more. Leave with a solid draft of one piece, two query letters, and a system for tracking submissions.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Reading, Short Story

The World in a Flash: Intro to Flash Fiction

Instructor: Tara Campbell. Explore the genre of flash fiction and create your own compact masterpieces, with reading and discussions around the definition of flash fiction, fundamentals of storytelling within the constraints of flash, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Poetry, Memoir, Short Story

Museum as Muse: Writing Alongside Exhibits

Instructor: Deborah Woodard. Visiting local museums, we'll write poems and/or short prose in response to the art we observe, with weekly prompts, class read-arounds, and instructor feedback.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 4, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Real Talk: Pacing & Punctuating Dialogue

Instructor: Grace Bialecki. Through close readings and sharing their work aloud, students will practice hearing dialogue and identifying techniques to keep their writing emotive and original.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: May 4, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

For the Fun of It: Recapturing Joy in Writing

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. For beginner and seasoned writers alike, this generative workshop will serve as a safe haven for exploration and self-expression with engaging prompts designed to awaken your imagination.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Short Story

Reading Clarice Lispector’s Short Stories

Instructor: Andrew Zawacki. Dive into the work of radical midcentury Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, widely recognized for the volatile strangeness of her writing, which pushes language, genre, sexuality, and the experience of self to their limits.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel

The First 50 Pages: Backstory & Beyond

Instructor: Jennifer Haupt. Students will workshop the first ten pages of their book, learning to balance backstory, present action, and foreshadowing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction I

Instructor: Rachel Sobel. This course will introduce students to the craft of fiction and the basics of the workshop model.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 9, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Reading, Short Story

A Little Weird Can Go a Long Way

Instructor: Tara Campbell. This generative class will explore three ways of unlocking new stories: crafting narratives from common expressions, gleaning horror from unfinished business, and using deliberate paradoxes.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 11, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Unstuck: Strategies & Meditations

Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. In this workshop, we'll use guided meditation, visualization, and writing exercises to identify and soften our own particular versions of resistance and to reconnect with the parts of us that use language to create. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 18, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

What Do We Have in Our Pockets?

Instructor: Greg November. This generative one-day workshop is all about things, stuff, items—creating a world on the page through the power of ordinary items that evoke passions, fears, dreams, and all manner of big, big ideas.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: May 18, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story

Speculative Ecologies & Biologies

Instructor: Ruth Joffre. This class will ask students to envision fantastical and futuristic environments and invent new selves deeply rooted in landscape, reading and studying contemporary speculative fiction about the environment, including climate fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 21, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Short Story, Essay

The Writer’s Journal as Creative Practice

Instructor: Noah Zanella. This class will look at the potential of the journal as a crucial component of a writer's practice, reading from the journals/diaries of Franz Kafka, Joanne Kyger, George Oppen, and more, engaging in various journaling practices and using this material to generate stories, poems, or essays.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Co-Writing: Keep the Drama on the Page

Instructors: Midge Raymond, John Yunker. For all writers who wish to collaborate on prose writing, learn to research, write, edit, and pitch as a team.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 25, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

This Actually Happened: Writing Real Life (Sliding Scale Tuition)

Instructor: Alli Parrett. Explore elements of craft that translate real life moments into captivating stories on the page, examining excerpts from Brandon Taylor’s Real Life and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: June 1, 2024 , 1:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

Writer’s Welcome Kit

This asynchronous course features online workbooks, including ten essential templates in Word and Excel to kickstart your writing life, and resources professional writers use to get published.

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Level: Open to all levels
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Start: September 30, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous